February 23 – The Mets have announced they’ve signed first baseman Rhyne Hughes to a minor league contract and that he will report to minor league camp. Hughes, 29, played 75 games for Double-A Bowie in the Baltimore Orioles system last season. The left-handed hitting Hughes batted .278/.370 OBP/.504 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 313 plate appearances. His only sip of coffee in the majors came in 2010 when he batted .213 in 14 [...]
Here are some Mets thoughts from the afternoon media session from Tuesday’s 23rd annual MLB B.A.T. Dinner. Gary Sheffield Sheffield said it was not difficult for him to retire after his long career, which included a World Series championship in 1997 with the Marlins and hitting his 500th career home run as a Met. “I pretty much did everything I wanted to do on a baseball field,” he said. He has enjoyed spending time playing [...]
Last week I wrote about how the Mets need to find ways to entice the fans to come out to the ballpark in 2011. Last week I brought up the idea of retiring 17 in honor Keith Hernandez. I thought it would give Mets fans something to look forward to during the long season that 2011 will be and I thought that when looking back on 2011 it would be a fun thing to remember. [...]
The last two weeks or so have been some of the worst I’ve experienced as a Mets fan. I can deal with the 2007 and 2008 collapse. I can deal with Generation K being Generation 0. I can even deal with losing the World Series to the Yankees and losing Game 7 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. What I can’t deal with is watching the fan base at war with one another over who [...]
Guess who’s back? For those of you who don’t know me, I am just as much a Jets fan as I am a Mets fan. For those of you that don’t follow Jets football, the Jets have been experiencing a period of success in the last two years or so. The major factor in the Jets success is their administration – Mike Tannenbaum and their new head coach, Rex Ryan. Mike Tannenbaum, like Sandy Alderson, [...]
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported today that the managerial “search” is more of a formality: I guess Hale, in particular, has a chance to throw a Hail Mary and get the job. But this is as close to a rigged event as possible with Collins as the favorite and Melvin as a very in-the-competition second choice. If this is in fact the situation, then why is it taking so long to declare [...]
I won’t sugar coat things for you (as if you’ve ever worried about the Coop doing that)…I LOVE Wally Backman. LOVE HIM. When My Summer Family was still in operation, I wrote a piece called “Backman is the Answer. What was the Question?“ This detailed why I was upset that the Mets didn’t at least interview him in 2004, before they went on a comedy of errors hiring Willie Randolph to his muddled firing to [...]
Does it seem to you, as it does to me that in many respects the job Sandy Alderson has is about as contentious and uphill as Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey? No matter your political persuasion – if you have one at all – one has to admit that both men have more than their hands full over the next few years. Don’t get me wrong I’m not comparing the intricacies and obvious [...]
In the next few weeks Sandy Alderson and the Wilpons will be making a crucial decision and the individual they choose to take the reigns of the 2011 Mets faces an uphill battle. From overpaid/under-performing stars to players coming off injuries to a closer with a police record to a front office in disarray to an incompetent medical staff, the Mets resemble a Seinfeld episode more then a major league team. As Sandy, Fred and [...]
The Mets have added one more manager to their first round of interviews. According to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets will interview Jose Oquendo on Monday in Orlando. Updated 1:15 PM According to Adam Rubin, Tim Teufel will not be interviewed for the Mets manager position as first thought. When Sandy Alderson mentioned he may add one or two final candidates to the managerial interview mix, he apparently was not speaking about Tim Teufel. [...]
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